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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management


  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs


Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Diana Razo Doing the ACM Costa Rica program was one of the best experiences of my life. I was doing things that I wouldn't think to do back home. Being from a big city, it was nice to see how "different" the city of San José compares to the city of Chicago. The length of the program was perfect for me, because my college is on a trimester schedule. I was so happy to combine my two passions with my research project: Latin American Studies and Music. It was a great cultural experience, and I hope to visit Costa Rica again in the future.

—Diana Razo, Costa Rica, Spring 2010

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